Senior Navidad on the Border
The El Paso Community College Seniors’ Navidad on the Border musical production started 25 years ago by Mary Yanez, Director of the Senior Adult Program for the purpose of celebrating the holiday season with our senior community.
The celebration highlights the Nativity, Mexican and American traditions on the U.S. Mexico border region. The event inspires a feeling joy of the coming holiday season with song and dance and a festive experience with seniors for the general public.
The show features three parts; Our Lady of Guadalupe (played by Elizabeth Cordova) who appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 and after 488 years is still being celebrated in the Basilica de la Virgin de Guadalupe in Mexico City. St. Pius Matachines dance and Albert Trevizo (as Juan Diego) sings to the Empress of the Americas. The Mexican Fiesta continues with performances by Johnny Martinez’s Coro Mi Tierra, the Seniors Sacramento Folkloricio directed by Lupe Frescas and the Seniors Mariachi Valle Verde directed by Gilbert Silva.
An American Christmas is a cozy home scene with the brightly decorated Christmas tree, and the stockings hung on the fireplace while Santa Claus (Albert Trevizo) sings “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”. The Sun Desert children join Santa with a special dance number to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” directed and choreographed by Krystal Nance and Darlina Nazario. The seniors Line Dancers charm the audience with their popular dance numbers directed by Trish Laskowske.
The reason for the season, “The Nativity” scene starts with a night scene, Mary, Joseph, and infant Jesus laying in a manger, angels and shepherds, and the Three Kings all from St. Pius Special Needs Ministry. The Little Drummer Girl joins them on stage to the beautiful traditional music. The Golden Generation Dancers perform to the “Angels Song” and the St. Pius group perform “Silent Night” in sign language.
EPCC Senior Adult Program staff and faculty, community sponsors WellMed and United Health Care, the exhibitors and our volunteers are happy to wish everyone a joyous and wonderful Feliz Navidad!